138 & 140 Wentworth Street, Charleston

$4,490,000

5 Beds
5 Baths
6,442 Sqft
.55 Acres
2 Garages

A unique opportunity to purchase a piece of storied history. The Kerrison House, later known as Villa De La Fontaine, was built circa 1840 and restored in the 1970s. New England architect Russell Warren, a relative of Nathaniel Russel, designed the home and rear bathhouse. The grand residence sits back from the street and welcomes you with a semicircular driveway and front facing portico supported by columns with Temple of the Winds capitals. A descendant of the original merchant-owner, Miss Marguerite Kerrsion left the estate to the Episcopal Church of South Carolina who maintained the home as the diocesan office until 1971. Sold in a private bid to respected designers Fontaine & Hancock, the property once again became a private residence. The new owners meticulously renovated the home,roof, gardens, and driveway. Famed Charleston ironsmith Philip Simmons was commissioned to create the ornate gate and fence situated along the front property line. One of the largest pieces of land in Harleston Village, this estate includes over 6,400 square feet of living space, an attached kitchen house, converted bath house apartment, two story garage, and old world style gardens. Detailed plaster moulding , original hardwood flooring, and Greek Revival details grace the home throughout. Stunning chandeliers fill the home, and include a mixture of blown and cut glass, tin, iron and Italianate triple tiered placements. The impressive home includes a grand foyer, music room, library, formal living room, dining room, breakfast room, elegant spiral staircase, landings, a butler's pantry, kitchen, numerous bedrooms, and private balconies. The property is fully enclosed, providing security and privacy. The front of the estate can be accessed by an electric swinging gate or the coded pedestrian gate. Historical and contemporary walls surround the perimeter of the home, saltwater spa pool, and additional outbuildings. The name Villa De La Fontaine was given to this stunning residence when it was admitted to the Tourist House Association of America in 1978. Esteemed guests such as the Guggenheim family, dignitaries, and civic groups frequented the Villa during the last 45 years of its residency.

Essential Information
MLS® #20028510
Price$4,490,000
Bedrooms5
Bathrooms5.00
Full Baths5
Square Footage6,442
Acres0.55
Year Built1840
Property TypeResidential
Sub-TypeSingle Family Detached
StyleVilla
StatusActive
SubdivsionHarleston Village
Community Information
Address138 & 140 Wentworth Street
SubdivisionHarleston Village
CityCharleston
CountyCharleston
StateSC
Zip Code29401
Area

51 - Peninsula Charleston Inside of Crosstown

Amenities
Has PoolYes
PoolPrivate Pool
Garages

Detached, Off-st Prkng, 2 Car Garage

Interior
InteriorWood
HeatingElectric
CoolingCentral, Window Unit
FireplaceYes
StoriesMulti Story, 2 Story
Mother-In-Law SuiteYes
Interior Features

Ceilings - 9'+, Garden Tub/Shower, Ceiling - Smooth, Window Treatments - Some, Walk-In Closets

Fireplaces

Bedroom, Family Rm, Great Rm, Living Rm, Three +, Dining Room

Master Bedroom

Dual Masters, Garden Tub/Shower, Sitting Room, Upstairs, Walk-In Closets

Rooms

Bonus, Family, Formal Living, Foyer, Great, Laundry, Media, Mother-In-Law Suite, Office, Pantry, Separate Dining, Study, Utility

Exterior
ExteriorStucco, Wood Siding
Lot Description1/2 -1 Acre
RoofMetal
ConstructionPre-Owned
FoundationCrawl Space
Exterior Features

Brick Fence, Gutters, Iron Fence, Patio, Privacy Fenc, In Grd Pool in yard, Strg/outbldg, Work Shop, Porch - Front Porch, Balcony

School Information
ElementaryMemminger
MiddleCourtenay
HighBurke
Additional Information
Days on Website44
Listing Details
OfficeAgentOwned Charleston Group
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